A Prayer for the Pandemic


Lord Jesus, Who promised to remain with us always,

When information overwhelms us

and fear overtakes us.

speak to us again those comforting words,

“Peace be with you.”

Though we cannot be physically close to others,

give us the ability and courage

to love as well as we can,

Since “perfect love casts out all fear.”

Direct your caring gaze on doctors and nurses,

researchers and safety personnel;

Come to strengthen the sick, vulnerable,

and comfort those who are grief stricken.

And when the pandemic has passed,

and this frightening crisis is resolved,

teach us to know You more certainly

as our dearest Friend and our only Hope.

You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

One God, forever and ever, Amen.

(offer one Our Father. One Hail Mary, and the Glory be….)

Our Lady, Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us.

Safeguarding Newsletter offers updates and resources

The month of October has always been the safeguarding month in the Diocese but how it is marked this year has changed because of Covid19.

Issuing a newsletter to the people of the diocese the Safeguarding Office of the diocese acknowledges that every other October the office would be dealing with people face to face. 

“Normally we would be holding a safeguarding conference, sending out the yearly safeguarding parish audits, visiting parishes, training etc.” 

Ms. Cleo Yates, 
Director of Safeguarding

Ms Cleo Yates, Director of Safeguarding & Designated Liaison Person for the Diocese of Cork and Ross, says that “given these difficult times with Covid, things have changed and almost all our connection to the parishes is by way of online forms of communication, which brings its own challenges.”

The Newsletter is available for free download at this link.

Mass times during Level 3 restrictions

Enniskeane Parish Church

Due to government restrictions for Level 3 we cannot have a congregation at Mass.

However, Mass will be celebrated in the parish church at 12n on each Sunday and it will be live streamed on the parish facebook page. So everyone is welcome to be part of our distanced but connected praying community.

Weekday Mass on Monday, Tues, Thurs and Fri at 10am are also live streamed on the parish facebook page.

Mass online at Gougane Barra on Sunday 26th

Everyone is invited to join online in prayer with Bishop Fintan Gavin as he celebrates Mass at the Oratory in Gougane Barra on Sunday Sept 27th at 3pm.

Due to Covid19 people cannot travel to Gougane Barra this year for the annual pilgrimage which marks the feast of St. Finbarr (Sept 25th).

Rosary will be prayed at 2.45pm. Mass will commence at 3pm. Join in prayer from home or wherever you are at that time.

St. Finbarr is Patron Saint of Cork City and of the Diocese of Cork. He is believed to have died in 623. Tradition holds that Finbarr was one of a community of monks who established a monastic settlement near the place where the river Lee rises. This is in Gougane Barra in Uibh Laoire parish.

St. Finbarr’s Oratory was built there in the early 1900s on the small island on a lake at Gougane on what has long been a place of pilgrimage and prayer.

St. Finbarr is said to have journeyed to the mouth of the Lee where it meets the sea and established a monastic school around which grew what developed into the city of Cork.

An annual pilgrimage day at Gougane is held on the last Sunday of September. Due to the pandemic, the Mass in broadcast online this year and people will not be able to access the island in person.

Click the play button to go live to Gougane Barra. Then click the small ‘square’ icon on the bottom right corner to go full screen.

First Holy Communion at Enniskeane Church

First Holy Communion day at Enniskeane

Congratulations to the children from St. Mary’s School, Enniskeane and from Ballymoney NS who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday in Enniskeane Church.
May the light of Christ be with them all the days of their lives.